Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Adobe Flash plugin on Firefox / Iceweasel on Debian Etch AMD64 / EM64T Platforms

I had a little trouble setting up the flash plugin on the my new AMD X2 machine running Debian Etch. So I summarise what I did to finally get it working...

Firstly,install the necessary 32bit libraries - ia32-libs and ia32-libs-gtk

1) Install nspluginwrapper
It is available at http://packages.debian.org/unstable/utils/nspluginwrapper . Download the .deb file and do an dpkg -i nspluginwrapper-xxversion.deb

2) Get the Adobe Flash
The tarball is available at http://www.adobe.com/shockwave/download/download.cgi?P1_Prod_Version=ShockwaveFlash

3) (Un)gzip and untar the flash tarball

4) Copy the libflashpalyer.so and flashplayer.xpt to /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins

5) Run the following command
/usr/lib/nspluginwrapper/x86_64/linux/npconfig -i /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins/libflashplayer.so
This will create a file named npwrapper.libflashplayer.so in the /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins directory.

6) Create links to the npwrapper.libflashplayer.so file in your firefox / iceweasel plugins directory (typically /usr/lib/firefox/plugins/ and /usr/lib/iceweasel/plugins /)

This should do the the trick...Check if the installation is fine by typing about:plugins in the address line. It should list Shockwave Flash as one of the plugins.

Now go enjoy YouTube


Alphonse said...

I'm running Debian Lenny amd64 and using iceweasel web browser.

To install flash plugin for iceweasel, all I had to do was to download the 64-bit adobe flash player 10 for linux from http://download.macromedia.com/pub/labs/flashplayer10/libflashplayer-10.0.d21.1.linux-x86_64.so.tar.gz and untar or copy libflashplayer.so into /usr/lib/iceweasel/plugins directory.

Typing about:plugins in the browser address bar now shows shockwave-flash and future splash player installed and enabled. Tried it, and everything (video/audio) is working perfectly.

Alphonse Ogulla
Nairobi, Kenya

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